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Backpack giveaway set for July 22

 
Submitted by Skylar Whitney
updated: 7/12/2018 12:44 PM

Students in Benton and West City are about to benefit from a national backpack giveaway.

On Sunday, July 22, nearly 1,000 participating TCC and Wireless Zone stores are teaming up to donate 187,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children through TCC's annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway. Since 2013, TCC has donated more than 752,000 backpacks filled with supplies to ensure children are well prepared for the start of the school year.

Between 1 and 4 p.m. July 22, the TCC store in West City, located at 109 N. Central St., will have up to 220 backpacks available on a first-come, first-served basis. Backpacks will come filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders and glue. This donation marks TCC's sixth-annual School Rocks Backpack Giveaway. Since 2013, TCC has donated 752,000 backpacks filled with supplies to kids.

"We are thrilled to support the education of our youth in our communities," said Scott Moorehead, CEO of Round Room, parent company of TCC. "By providing families across the country with essential school supplies, we're easing the back-to-school shopping burden and helping set children up for success."

According to the National Retail Federation, families with school-aged children plan to spend an average $687.72 each, an 8 percent increase, for a total of $29.5 billion, on school supplies this year.